Friday, March 8, 2013

"Sand and Sea Blog Hop" Reveal!

Lisa Lodge, from the blog,  "A Grateful Artist"  and store, "Pine Ridge Treasures" on Zibbet, is hosting:



I'm so excited to be a part of it!

For this event, Lisa sent me a bag full of interesting beads in "sand shades," (brown, copper, and tan tones).  Even though the event was several months away at the time, I couldn't resist dumping them out on the table as soon as they arrived to see what was there!   I planned to put them right back into the bag for a bit, but couldn't wait 5 minutes to begin sorting them and planning what I would do!


These were the ones I first sorted from the larger bag
as inspiration for my design.
I used a good portion of the other beads too,
but these were the ones I designed around.

As recommended in the guidelines,
I did not purchase anything new for my creation.

I only added a few beads I already had:
A handmade-button the color of sand 
with a wonderful wavy pattern from
 Linda Belinda on Etsy.
Mykonos Greek beads from
 Linden Avenue Designs on Etsy.

These, a sprinkling of pale blue glass beads, 
and a few hardware store washers I had on hand,
were the only items I added from my collection.  I made my own clasp from copper wire.



Even though my color was "sand," I couldn't resist adding a tiny bit of blue for water.   (I got the idea from a couple of the crystals Lisa included in my bag that were brown with a bluish finish.)  

As we all know, sand can come in many shades, and you can see some of the variety in the beads Lisa sent and in the button I added.  





I just loved the rectangular coral-color bead.  The white swirl beads and long slender bead reminded me of both waves and the most beautiful white sandy beaches!



This irregular shaped bead I found in the bag
was a real favorite too.
It looks like stone to me,
but I suppose it could be some type of clay bead.

I've never been able to wrap a briolette to my satisfaction,
but was determined to use this one from Lisa
as part of the focal dangle!
Luckily, the wire work on this piece
is not "fussy" or "perfect." 
It's "relaxed beach style!" 


Lisa also sent some thin wire sort of a
 burnt orange color.  
 I couldn't imagine what I would do with it
until I was nearly finished.  
 I ended up twisting it around some lose beading wire
in several areas, and I really liked 
the bit of color it added in those spots!  
The wire took me from "goof" to "accent" in no time at all!  
I think I'll need to buy some of this for future designs!



Thank you for visiting my page! 

Please take a look at the others who are participating:


ELEANOR BURIAN-MOHR, THE CHARMED LIFE

MARY GOVAARS, MLH JEWELRY DESIGNS

TANYA GOODWIN, A WORK IN PROGRESS

KATHY LINDEMER, BAY MOON DESIGN

TOLTEC JEWELS, JEWEL SCHOOL FRIENDS


SHARYL MCMILLIAN-NELSON, SHARYL'S JEWELRY     <---YOu are here!

MARLA GIBSON, SPICE BOX DESIGNS

MELISSA TRUDINGER, BEAD RECIPES

DOT LEWALLEN, SPEEDIE BEADIE

EMA KILROY, EMA K DESIGNS


KIM BOOTH, THE PINK MARTINI BOUTIQUE

JAMI SHIPP, CELEBRATING LIFE

LEAH TEES, MY BEADY LITTLEEYES

CHRISTIE MURROW, CHARIS DESIGNS JEWELRY

MONIQUE URQUHART, A HALF BAKED NOTION


GLORIA ALLEN, GLORIA ALLEN DESIGNS

CINDY ANDERSON WILSON, IT'S MY SEA OF DREAMS

SUZI CAMPBELL, SUZI CAMPBELL CREATIONS

SHAIHA WILLIAMS, SHAIHA'S RAMBLINGS

ANNETTE RIVERS, MAMA OWL'S MESS




A special thanks to Lisa for organizing
and hosting this event! 
If you have any trouble linking to the participant sites,

~Sharyl


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21 comments:

Sea of Dreams said...

I love the free-form feeling of your design! It's a stunning, OOAK piece

Monique said...

I love the "relaxed" look you chose, and you were clever to show a hint of blue, Sharyl. After all, what is the sand without the sea? (Duh, a desert, I guess!) A very pretty necklace!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love the colors you put together with a variety of types of beads-- very creative!

Shirley Moore said...

Crazy woman!There is no 'goof' in your designs, only beauty. I love the easy, relaxed look of this necklace. You did a wonderful job designing! And, personally, I like the 'messy' wraps better than perfectly straight.

Anonymous said...

---------------------------------------------------beautiful necklace

So nice to see a finished design.

Leah Tees said...

Great Job, love this necklace, it definitely has a beach theme to it!

Jen Ren said...

Very nice. I like all the wire wrapping. That's a skill I'm still working on learning. All of the colors remind me of the bits and pieces of broken shells you see looking at beach sand.

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

What can I say? The beads are fabulous. The design is fabulous. I really like the relaxed beach style wire wrap you did with the focal dangle. Lovely!!

Micheladas said...

I love the "relaxed beach style". I try to wrap briolettes for earrings and it never comes out right.. lol Great job.

Kimberly said...

Sharyl, I love your design, it's various elements blended to well together! I especially like what you did with the colored wire!

Cornerstoregoddess said...

I've never managed to wrap a briolette, either. You inspired me! I shall practice so I'm ready for Bead Soup. Beautiful combinations. Lovely work!

Laren Dee Designs said...

I always enjoy your story-telling, Sharyl. Love the necklace, the focal drop is my favorite part! Great job, as always! You rock, girl. :)

Laren
http://larendee.org

Tanya said...

Sharyl, I adore this one. I love the beads you added to the mix and the eclectic design. The wire wrapping is genius!

Ema Kilroy said...

Your necklace is gorgeous!!! I love it. I like how your photos are showing us the various angles and use of materials.

Sharyl said...

Oh, thank you all! I always appreciate hearing from you!

I admit I was humbled in looking at the beautiful intricate designs from the other participants. Such fabulous, creative work by all on this challenge!

Thanks again for stopping by and leaving your comments! ~Sharyl

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

I love your necklace, Sharyl! One of my favorites so far. The way you used the button is really nifty. I like how the beads are all different, yet work so well together. I am a fan of the "messy wrap" also. Thanks for participating in the hop!

Sherri Stokey said...

very creative use of wire, Sharyl - love it!

Shaiha said...

I just love your necklace. It is so relaxed and free flowing. Great idea for the wire. I don't string because I always end up with a bit of loose wire. Now I know what to do to fix it in such a classy way.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Gorgeous color palette! Perfect for a sunny day at the beach, park, or BBQ.

Alicia said...

A beautiful piece for a relaxing day at the beach: *love* it!

beadrecipes said...

I'm slowly making my way around the hop! This is lovely and beachy Sharyl, love it!